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snowden's latest leaks show how leading telecom companies secretly gave a british spy agency. access to net traffic and your phone calls. in washington debate over mass surveillance of swept under the rug along with snooping initiatives despite most people's apartment disapproval of the government's actions. and the u.s. keeps its citizens away from the middle east unspecified terror threat we look at the butterfly effect of washington's support for the rebellion in syria.
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it is just after eight pm on saturday here in moscow this is r.t. live with me rory soon thanks so much for joining us today. a fresh surveillance scandal unveiling in the u.k. it's now been revealed that major telecom companies are secretly collaborating with the british intelligence agency giving it limited access to the private communications of millions of customers documents naming bt vodafone cable and for a rise in business among the companies that are aiding g c h q to intercept much of the world's online and telephone traffic all of this being leaked by the whistleblower edward snowden and it comes out on the heels of previous embarrassing revelations assuring the agency was generously financed by the n.s.a. . has more details now from london. these are three big companies and the four smaller companies really making up
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a large part of the high capacity undersea fiber optic cables that really make up the backbone of the internet's architecture now these fiber optic cables carry vast amounts of data for millions of users who back in june the guardian newspaper had revealed details of the c.h.p. is so-called data hoovering programs not this was where he said it's alleged were able to tap into these fiber optic cables and installed bars amounts of data for up to thirty days now this was named operation temper and a german newspaper has just published what it's alleged is the most sensitive aspect of this operation and that is the name of the commercial companies that were passing along this information that telecommunications providers can be compelled to cooperate with requests from governments under the nine hundred eighty four telecommunications act but what privacy advocates are really concerned with here is
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that these big companies haven't been giving enough of a challenge to requests for this large scale surveillance of the company and have yet to respond to these specific allegations but the german newspaper saying that the details that they've gone through in this is from the big chunk of information leaked by whistleblower edward snowden prior to his gaining asylum in russia and the german if they visit this really shows now that telecoms firms were far more complicit in u.s. u.k. spying activities than had previously been thought a hundred million pounds were provided by washington t g c h q over a period of three years now they were payments that were made to secure access to british and british intelligence gathering programs and returned it was alleged to teach he was required to quote pull its weight so you can see that really a lot. questions that can be raised again about that complicity between the u.s.
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and u.k. intelligence gathering and i think the levels that that has been going to and of course you've got this large amount of information that was leaked by edward snowden that's being came seeing now it as all these details come to light it sort of seems to push it further every time or is it more like this shed on the relationship between the two countries and a former m i five officer i mean marshawn she says despite the fact that close cooperation between the u.s. and u.k. intelligence is nothing new or the latest revelations show it in a whole new light one thing that people tend to forget is there is an old program of mutual assistance which was called echelon which was exposed in the one nine hundred eighty s. and then fed into the european parliament in the one nine hundred ninety s. which led to a report that said that europe should develop its own standalone internet infrastructure not depend on the u.s. infrastructure of course this came out just before nine eleven and was lost in the sort of security panic that happened afterwards so this is
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a resistance to be going on for decades let's have no doubt about that and it's also been a very good way for the n.s.a. and q. to circumvent domestic laws and domestic warrant tree requirements so they can spy on each other and then feed each other the same information they need back without having to go through the courts so it's always been quite a corrupt relationship however i think these revelations that came out in the guardian take it to a whole new level we are now looking at d.t.h. queue effectively prostituting itself to the n.s.a. they are saying we can get around some of your laws we can help you we will go to the nth degree to help you give us your money. and i while the backlash from snowden's latest leaks is feared in the u.k. in the us the government is increasingly diverting public attention from the much criticized practices artie's garniture can has a close look now a wire the people's discontent has basically been ignored. while edward snowden as
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the messenger remains the focus of everybody's attention the u.s. government is trying to kill his message or at least contain it senior intelligence officials have testified in congress the flooring everything is done in accordance with the law congress has already killed the bill that would make the n.s.a. walk back some of its powers so as of now no concrete steps have been taken to rein in n.s.a. surveillance but call for reform keep coming lawmakers are putting forward new initiatives earlier this week the president met with members of congress specifically to discuss containing the scandal of course attacking snowden is much easier for the white house defending this of their own state and here's what president obama said about that just in the wake of snowden's revelations and if people can't trust not only the executive branch but also don't trust congress and don't trust. federal judges to make sure that we're biding by the constitution due process and rule of law then we're going to have some problems on that trust issue
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a gallup poll shows fifty three percent of americans now disapprove of the government surveillance programs thirty seven percent approve and now the poll by the quinnipiac university conducted just in the wake of snowden's revelations shows forty five percent of americans say the government's anti-terrorism efforts have gone too far restricting civil liberties three years ago that percentage was twenty five so it's a massive shift in attitudes bomb makers certainly have to respond to their constituents concerns and we hear many of them say something has to change something has to be done but as longer snowden's own destiny remains the top story it will be much easier for the government to sweep the debate under the rug in washington i'm going to. and we spoke today from reporters without borders thinking that washington's tough stance on edward snowden is ultimately aimed at preventing any potential with supply was from coming forward. i just would like to remind you
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they're the last fare of war of war against we saw glowers scenes. which was abducted in one thousand nine hundred seventeen. prosecution have been launched against we sell blowers have been under the obama administration it's clear that the obama administration hopes that the war will discourage any potential we saw glow or two to reveal any information that you also have to understand that here and us any information related to national security is considered a secret is considered classy fight so everything is classified so it's really easy to become a creamy now in the face of the obama administration if you're revealing any information which are related to national security and i while many people around the world see snowden as a real hero he has also become one in the virtual world
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a new smartphone application called snowden run three d. puts a digital version of the whistleblower in a never ending chinese from what looks like a cia agent in the process of the man on the run is a ultimately collecting u.s.b. sticks and laptops containing sensitive information players who also result to a coal uncool putin option to get help in the form of a hydrogen bomb was also a restart button which allows players to try again if the character gets caught perhaps something the game's designers seem to believe that the might actually happen to the real life snowden. now the united states has issued a travel alert for its citizens visiting the middle east and north africa due to an specified terrorist threat by al qaeda that's just a day after washington said it's about to temporarily shut twenty one of its
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embassies in the region this weekend and the madness comes from the very groups fighting on the side of the rebels in syria of course the ones who are backed by the west author and historian gerald hall and he believes that america is getting a taste perhaps of its own medicine i think what the learner basically reflects is the fact that the united states' policy in that part of the world has backfired for example in syria united states has basically encouraged if not supported a war against the damascus based regime of all saw this is involved a number of u.s. nationals and european nationals going into syria to fight with the so-called jihad this is given to shot me armed to kind of back force this was so just in syria which is tied to al qaeda and iraq which in the last month has been engaged in the spate of car bombings in baghdad in the surrounding region so it seems to me the
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state department basically reflects a failure of u.s. policy now the backlash from the insurgent groups linked to al-qaeda has also affected similar communities in the region around two hundred kurdish civilians were taken hostage in syria this off the clashes with jihadists shortly after one of the code leaders was killed by radicals are going to go picks up the story. considering the complexity of syria you have to understand that there are dozens of groups of people who are divided by either faith or nationality or ethnicity all of them are also involved in this bitter battle which has been going on in the country for the last couple of years kurds are among the biggest ethnic groups kurds how are actually the largest nation in the world that does not have a state the dream of statehood is something that kurds have entertained for hundreds of years they are originating in iraq turkey and in syria now increasingly kurds in syria are coming under under extreme pressure from the radical groups
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which have permeated syria and are affiliated with al qaida recently severe clashes have broken out in several villages on the border between syria and turkey primarily in the northern all the province several hundred kurds have been taken hostage by fighters of all loser front and they are also helping videos posted on the internet which claim to be pictures of kurds who have come under attack from the from the extremists truly horrific pictures now the kurdish militia has called them kurds in their region to unite in their struggle against the radical islamists or to lead it with al qaida forces are also dreaming of their own state and it's none other than syria that there are plenty to initiate their state out in fact they're saying they're going to get right to it's immediately after ramadan ends and that is just in a week's time so the situation in that region is in creative incredibly harsh and literally boiling at this point as we're having as we're having again hundreds of
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people abducted from their homes. we're also hearing about people being killed just for the simple reason that they're kurds and it really doesn't seem like anybody is especially paying attention primarily the western media there is very little information on the subject if you try to look for it. now his chief has also made his first public comments on the situation in egypt since the ousting of the country's islamist leader. when he accused washington of conspiring with the egyptian military to overthrow mohamed morsy his supporters continue to stage mass demonstrations all across the country another night of unrest so police firing tear gas is on one of the marches while the military warned it to sit ins would be stormed. through brings us the latest from the divided country. of course we've had this sort of forty hour deadline from the interior ministry who said after two days they will erect a sort of barricade around these two sit ins for the ousted leader mohamed morsy in
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the capital they've said this will mean that people can leave the city and then i enter it's a kind of besieging now in the run up to this we have had to mass protests in support of the deposed leader across the country thirty four marches in total one of them which ended up in the media production city which is in the six or pretty big district of the capital resulted in clashes with security people since peachtree take asked the protest is that they have been attempting to set up a new city in apparently the barricades as manager directing attempts there which is why the security forces cracked down on mount speaking to protesters today in one of the maintenance here in the capital they tell me that they will think about possibly setting up a new sit ins like this one the media city if these big cities here to another city and easier on me by the security forces in the next few days it's very tense here with the heavy deployment of troops in the military and expected clashes on the
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horizon when the interior ministry takes the plunge and actually does try and evacuate these people because there are a lot of people in the streets in support of the ounce to me that there really are tens of thousands of you know women and children who are in these sit ins and you think go in all guns blazing it will be a bloodbath so we have to see how the situation develops overnight and in the coming days. are still to come here and the not so business friendly e.u. of the boss majority of british business bosses so you think kate needs a referendum on whether to stay in the e.u. in a big percentage believe it should quit right away we look at how exactly the membership is hurting commerce. also distraught mother and a diplomatic wrangle. the fight continues for a proper legal aid to the russian program a snap to the u.s. from the dominican republic without moscow's consent or even knowledge that is also ahead of you in the program. inmates at guantanamo bay have accused the guards of
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carrying out invasive procedures including the so-called get moema songe and one such routine was outlined by the last british resident detainee shackled to his lawyer now according to the inmate a forcible cell extraction team walked into a recreation area where he was on a solemn protest and then they pinned him to the floor holding him by the arms and legs they put on shackles while shouting at him to stop resisting he was then yanked to his cell as one of the officers held the inmate in a choke hold under his arm dislocating a shoulder in the process where the guards are if a he needed pain killers and left as they found out the prisoner was unresponsive the revelations came amid the white house's renewed efforts to close the facility that's already burned up to nearly five billion dollars since being opened a former guantanamo prison released groundless accusations against him told us it takes a lot to endure the torture. just to. those
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. honest man's. eyes states five years in going. on the torture. even when i was clear that i'm not a terrorist and i have never been involved in any kind of terrorist activities this was proved by the american government themselves i myself have been also on hunger strike during my time with and went on and. that's why they i know where you are and how difficult and hard it is to be on hunger strike and. i know nobody in guantanamo won't go to hunger strike. if they will go and have really big problems they have to fight through to a healthy and don't go give up their hope. it's good to have you with us here on
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our. web site for this hour too young to drink alcohol but old enough to own a weapon. it was up to the national rifle association which is also the country's supreme court to allow to be sold to those under the age of twenty one the story and the reaction. this hour. on the u.k. government unabated. season yet more tests for the. meat that despite environmental. online you can read what london's ready to go to the. all of public.
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thanks for joining us here on say before we get to the world update for now the story of an undercover arrest that's left the mother in despair in a foreign ministry outraged. suspected of cyber fraud was shipped to the u.s. from the dominican republic but russian officials as well as the man's family only learned about it one month later. the story. he's accused of being a must to internet fraudster alexander punin is currently believed to be in a prison in the us state of georgia extradited there last month from the dominican republic his friends didn't know what had happened to him for telecommuters only after one month we found out he was indeed arrested and held there but that's all we know that even his own mother was left in the dark eager bella's of was there when he was already on his way back to russia we were waiting for him at home but he didn't arrive he simply disappeared a king computer programmer from the moscow the twenty four year old was wanted for
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embezzlement through internet scams used on banks including us ones of at least five million dollars the russian government has lashed out at the u.s. saying he was snatched without their knowledge plus cash and was about someone to your well once again faced with the rest of the russian citizen on the u.s. warrant in a third country but consider this practice which has become a vicious tendency completely unacceptable. referring to a bilateral agreement in one thousand nine hundred nine russia's foreign ministry says the u.s. should have told them about russian nationals they wanted to rest when we asked the u.s. embassy in moscow about the matter they declined to comment none of it helps alexander's mother who remains convinced of her son's innocence jenny went to anyone you know i don't believe his tell so much money i'm not saying that just because i'm his mother i spoke to his friend the one who invited him to the dominican republic and he asked if my son john had any money his events all me that he had been borrowing
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from him and then you know. there are more cases like alexander's says the russian government where expeditions have been made without their knowledge in july the russian dimitrios enough was extradited from lithuania after allegedly importing hundreds of thousands of pieces of military equipment from the united states to russia. and in two thousand and eleven a pilot constantinian to shinku was sentenced to twenty years in prison in the us after being found guilty of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine there he was extradited from liberia in may two thousand and ten in each of these cases the russian government thought that they weren't informed in time by u.s. authorities with edward snowden's asylum worsening relations cases like alexander plans will do little to help tom watson r.t. moscow let's get some other global headlines in brief for the r.t. world update now fifty five u.s. army soldiers have been suspended their involvement in sexual assaults and alcohol
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related offenses the move follows a report ordered by the defense secretary chuck hagel which revealed that more than twenty six thousand troops experienced unwanted sexual contacts last year alone the numbers are drastically increasing and military officials say many of the victims don't come forward because they're afraid of retaliation. a black box recording from the derailed spanish train it reveals that the driver ignored three warnings to slow down the train was rushing toward a band with a speed almost three times more than the speed limit when it came off the rails killing seventy nine criminal investigation under way driver meantime charged with reckless homicide the incident has been one of the deadliest in europe and the worst in spain in decades. senior lawmakers and ministers from silvio berlusconi's people of freedom party have threatened to resign after italy's top court has upheld the conviction of the former prime minister in tax fraud
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should the should all come into effect it would be jeopardizing the country's government that was formed following a two month political deadlock well it's going to four years in prison likely to buy the house arrest or community service. going down. now is e.u. membership bad for business almost eighty percent of u.k. bosses believe it could be a recent poll showed they voted in favor of holding a nationwide referendum on breaking away from the union and his police find out how the membership is apparently hurting profits. i thought that switzerland was missing out by not being in the european union nope well now its image that the majority of britons also think that they'd be better off alone after the british group think tank found that fifty four percent of u.k. citizens believe that britain would benefit from leaving the european union and
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joining the european free trade association instead following the examples of switzerland and norway which by the way have been thriving while the european union is an economic turmoil at the same time the debate of whether or not britain should stay or leave the e.u. has been getting louder amongst british businesses now to talk about the issue i'm joined by dylan sharp from business for britain didn't your organization is urging the government to renegotiate the u.k.'s e.u. membership but what's wrong with the status quo when at the moment british business is subject to huge amounts of regulation and red tape that originates in brussels not only that the great single market which was what we were sold in one nine hundred seventy three when we joined is actually restricting the amount of trade that british businesses can do with the rest of the world. economies in the middle east in the southeast asia and in south america we hear a lot of businesses complaining about e.u. regulation costing them money how does it cost them money well you've got to go
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through all different businesses if you go to startups you have to comply with a ridiculous number of laws just to be able to employ people just be able to make your workspace compliant going up further. they have to check off a number of products before they even get them into other european countries and when it comes to the big countries there's reams of regulation which actually prevents them importing and exporting into and outside of the european union if they want to keep us as part of the union they have to give us a bit more of what we want because up until now it's been a lot more of what they want to launch out from business to britain thank you very much. talking to us so with three out of four bosses in the u.k. saying that they're for and out referendum in twenty seventeen there's definitely no shortage of opinion on the matter from london. and i from moscow research showing it over to washington d.c. now for the latest prime interest.
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wealthy british style it's time to play the. market why not. come to. find out what's really happening to the global economy with mike stronger for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines. he .
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good afternoon oh welcome the prime interest. to today's headline. last time jobs are we sounding like a broken record yes the unemployment rate ticked down this morning probably seven point six to seven point four percent the number of payrolls or jobs added one hundred six in two thousand a bit short of expectations and as usual are just contributing factors part time and low quality jobs so basically bernanke you and co have complete freedom to do whatever they want come september and according to financial experts the september is the big one because that's when our beloved chairman gets to take softball questions from such journalistic luminaries as john and the undependable would be
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more bond buying into madness and are we witnessing a labor or. well why were was the scandal that involved the interest rate fixing and now in the three hundred trillion interest rate derivatives market is under scrutiny as the f.c.c. is investigating the lack of any substantive conclusion. that there's not an encouraging president speaking of swaps is it. recorded telephone calls and e-mails show that traders of wall street banks instructed the firm to buy or sell. as many interest rate swaps as necessary to move the benchmark rate by bringing the measure of the banks to do profit on separate derivatives trades that they had with their clients were waiting with bated breath on this one to the fed's response finally a former goldman sachs trader who was found liable for friday noting this was not any.
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